On this day in 1964, Robert Kennedy addressed the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was his first public appearance on a national stage since the death of brother, President John F. Kennedy.
When Robert Kennedy took the podium, he received a standing ovation that lasted for twenty-two minutes, despite his repeated efforts to quiet the crowd. “I had never seen anything like it,” Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., would write.
When the room finally quieted, Kennedy spoke of the vision of the late president, and of the task that still lay ahead. “If we do our duty,” he said, “if we meet our responsibilities and our obligations, not just as Democrats, but as citizens in our local cities and towns and farms and our states and in the country as a whole, then this generation of Americans is going to be the best generation in the history of mankind.”
1961: President John F. Kennedy in the Green Room of the White House
Jackie Kennedy taking daughter Caroline Kennedy and niece Sydney Lawford to school at Convent of the Sacred Heart NYC
1960s Cosmopolitan magazine cover, featuring former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy; illustrated by the talented, incomparable artist Jon Whitcomb.
Published in Cosmopolitan, April 1961 - Vol. 150, No. 4
Vintage 1960s magazine advertisement, “John F. Kennedy and the Negro” 12-inch long-playing record, civil rights speeches made by late president JFK, 1964
Published in Ebony, August 1964 - Vol 19, No. 10
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When John Jr. reached for Jackie’s hand, a photographer barked, “Out of the way kid!”